Woods helps author FAA study on safety risks of cockpit automation

Posted: December 10, 2013
David Woods
David Woods
David Woods, professor of integrated systems engineering at The Ohio State University, helped author a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration study released last month that found the growing reliance on automation in the cockpit can lead to errors and new safety risks. 

He was quoted in recent articles in Bloomberg Businessweek and the Wall Street Journal about the study and resulting recommendations to improve airline safety. 

Woods is one of two experts from universities to serve on the Flight Deck Automation Working Group which authored the Report on the Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems. The report addresses the safety and efficiency of modern flight deck systems for flight path management. 

David Woods, director of the Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory, is an expert in human interaction with technology. He studies how people cope with complexity in time pressured situations such as critical care medicine, aviation, space missions, intelligence analysis and crisis management, including multiple accident investigations. Woods is president of the Resilience Engineering Association, past-president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, current a founding board member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the author or editor of eight books, including Behind Human Error, Resilience Engineering and Resilience Engineering in Practice.
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